The announcement means that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey and that there are no others being monitored.
Monmouth County Deputy Freeholder Director Sue Kiley, the liaison to the Heath Department, announced the good news on her facebook page and asked that the news be shared.
Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso announced the good news on twitter and urged citizens to wash our hands, cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze, and stay home from work if you’re sick.
The results from the patient tested @BayshoreMedCtr for COVID-19 were NEGATIVE.
Friends please use today’s “scare” as a reminder to wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, stay home if you are sick. This IS flu season. Thanks Frank & team for keeping us safe.
— Serena DiMaso (@Sdimaso) February 29, 2020
“Most New Jersey residents are at low risk for novel coronavirus,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli in an announcement from the Governor’s office. “If individuals are having symptoms, the illness is much more likely to be caused by common respiratory viruses such as flu or the common cold.”
“The Department continues to remind residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from all respiratory viruses, such as washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick,”said Persichilli.
“The care team at the hospital followed the protocols established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, ensuring the patient was isolated and treated appropriately. We are very appreciative of all the efforts of the hospital team members and medical staff,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health.“We extend our best wishes to this patient for a speedy recovery.”